Benson Announces Adam Reames as Legislative Policy Director

LANSING — December 23, 2019 – Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today announced that Adam Reames will serve as the Michigan Department of State’s legislative policy director starting Jan. 6. Reames has been the assistant secretary of the Michigan Senate for more than 10 years.

“Adam’s years of experience and tremendous knowledge of the Legislature, combined with his passion for our work, will be of great benefit to our team,” said Benson. “The relationships and respect he’s built on both sides of the aisle will be a great asset as we continue to work with the Legislature to strengthen Michigan’s democracy and modernize the way we serve and support the millions of Michiganders who do business with us each year.”

At the Michigan Senate, Reames oversaw legislative procedures, training for new members and daily operations of the nonpartisan staff. Prior to that work, he held several policy and lobbying positions with organizations including Dykema Gossett, the Michigan House of Representatives, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Reames also has a law degree from Wayne State University, a Master of Public Policy degree from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied political science.

“I am excited to be joining Secretary Benson and her administration,” said Reames. “I look forward to putting my knowledge of the Legislature in support of the Secretary’s vision to benefit the citizens of Michigan.”

Reames replaces Jonathan Brater as the department’s legislative policy director. Brater will take over as director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections on Jan. 2.